GWINNETT GAB: Housing authority recognized

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville Housing Authority has been designated a "high performer" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for management of its public housing program.

On June 17, HUD released its scores for the Public Housing Assessment System for fiscal year 2010. The Lawrenceville Housing Authority ranked among the best of the nation's more than 3,000 housing authorities with a PHAS score of 98 out of 100, including a perfect score for financial condition and management operations.

"The High Performer status reflects our commitment to excellence in providing quality housing for low-income families," said Lejla Slowinski, LHA executive director.

"We are extremely pleased to be recognized in this manner and are committed to maintaining high standards in our management of public housing."

The assessment measures public housing authorities in terms of the physical condition of the properties, financial condition, management operations and resident satisfaction. The authority manages and operates 212 public housing units.

Girl oversees teddy bear drive

GRAYSON -- Over the past several months, a gifted fifth-grade student from Starling Elementary has collected more than 500 stuffed animals, which she gave to Gwinnett County Police Department's Teddy Bear Patrol program.

Jenevieve Joseph was assigned the project as part of a community service effort through the gifted program at her school.

She delivered the stuffed animals to the police department in April.

Woman wins big in Fantasy 5

DACULA -- A woman won a $663,308 Fantasy 5 jackpot prize after drawing winning numbers from a Publix Super Market on Auburn Road.

Yvonne Pillert, 44, matched all five winning numbers in the June 28 Fantasy 5 drawing.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp., has returned more than $12.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education.

All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific education programs. More than 1.3 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million four year olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information about the Georgia Lottery, visit www.galottery.com or lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com.

Girl Scouts' efforts get recognized

GWINNETT COUNTY -- Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta recently awarded several women and from Gwinnett County for their volunteer work.

Those who received the Helen Foster Award of Excellence were Gloria Purser and Marie Wright.

Elizabeth Cherney, Kathy Lewis and Wendy Schuster were awarded as well, receiving the Appreciation Pin, an adult volunteer award for outstanding service in Girl Scouting.

All women were recognized during the 2011 Volunteer Awards Ceremony recently.

The Helen Foster Award of Excellence is given to Girl Scout adult volunteers who, over time, demonstrated superior service in many different volunteer roles and service units.

The Appreciation Pin is given to Girl Scout volunteers who provide outstanding service to a service unit or geographic area over a period of time.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta serves more than 41,500 girls with nearly 18,000 adult members in 34 counties in the greater metropolitan area, northwest Georgia and Polk County, Tenn.

For more information about the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, visit www.gsgatl.org.

Suwanee man re-elected to board

SUWANEE -- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced recently that Robert "Bob" Almand of Suwanee has been re-elected to the board of directors, which is made up of 15 elected volunteers serving two-year terms.

Executive Director David Startzell said the board's role is of much importance.

"They play a vital role in shaping both the organization and the Appalachian Trail project by adopting policies governing the trail and by providing oversight of ATC programs, operations and procedures to aid in achieving our organizational mission."

Almand is an avid hiker and long-time Appalachian Trail volunteer. While he brings much experience in trail maintenance and leadership as a volunteer, he also offers vast professional skills as a retired executive of Bank of America.

He has provided leadership for strategic planning efforts and realignment of the mission from a trail maintenance organization to a conservation organization charged with maintaining and preserving the footpath and surrounding lands.

The ATC board is responsible for communicating the mission and purpose of the ATC. They establish and maintain relationships with the stewardship council, clubs, partners, members and other stakeholders.

For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Fifth-graders go to space camp

DULUTH -- Fifth-grade students from Notre Dame Academy recently had the opportunity to attend NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

The young people spent two days visiting various space stations and simulators.

Said A.J. Johary, one of the students on the trip, "My favorite part of space camp was riding Space Shot, the simulator that makes you feel like you are taking off in a rocket. It was awesome."

The students also watched an IMAX movie about the Hubble telescope and saw actual artifacts from past journeys into space.

Said fifth grade teacher Mary Lowzinski: "The experience that the students had at space camp was one that they will remember forever. They took in an enormous amount of information about space exploration and developed a new appreciation for the thousands of people who have been involved in this endeavor since the early 1960s."

Notre Dame Academy is an independent, Marist and International Baccalaureate World School serving Pre-K3 through eighth grades.

For more information, visit www.ndacademy.org.

Students attend leadership conference

GWINNETT -- North Gwinnett High School students Janice Cho and Josh Couillou were recently chosen by their instructors to attend the Military Order of World Wars Youth Leadership Conference in Charleston, S.C.

Maj. Bruce Bonds and CMSgt. Mike Shannon nominated the students to attend the four-day seminar which teaches students about personal responsibility, democratic government, good citizenship and the value of free enterprise.

Both students were sponsored by the Military Order of World Wars' Atlanta Chapter.

According to its website, the Military Order is a "patriotic, nonpartisan organization that holds that it is nobler to serve than to be served."

For more information about the Military Order of World Wars Atlanta Chapter, visit www.mowwatlanta.org, or email jimwdean@aol.com.

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